Women’s 6N: Italy v Scotland postponed due to coronavirus concerns

New date yet to be set for match, which was due to take place in Legnano today

Philip Doyle
Scotland coach Philip Doyle and his squad are due to travel home today after their match with Italy was postponed. Image: Fotosport/David Gibson.

THE Women’s Six Nations match between Italy and Scotland, scheduled to be played in Legnano this afternoon, has been postponed due to an Italian government decision designed to restrict the spread of the coronavirus. The Scotland squad are expected to return home later today, and no decision has yet been taken on a new date for the fixture.

All sports fixtures in the Veneto and Lombardy regions, including senior football matches, were ordered to be postponed as concern grew over the number of cases of the illness. Legnano, just outside Milan, is in Lombardy, but well removed from the area of the region currently giving cause for concern.

A statement from the Women’s Six Nations said: “Further to an increased number of Covid-19 cases in the Milan Area, the Italian Authorities have decided to cancel all sporting events in the Veneto and Lombardi Regions.

“As a result of this decision, the Women’s Six Nations match between Italy and Scotland scheduled to be played today will not take place. Six Nations Rugby are looking at options with the FIR and Scottish Rugby to reschedule this fixture at a later date. We will be staying in contact with the FIR and Italian Authorities to keep updated on the situation in the region.”

AN SRU statement added: “The Italian Government confirmed today’s Women’s Six Nations match will be cancelled to due to a need to contain the virus in the South East area of the region. The match was scheduled to go ahead in the North West region of the area, so whilst the risk is minimal, precautionary measures have been taken.

“Scottish Rugby is fully supportive of any decision that has been made in the interest of the health and safety of players, staff and supporters. Six Nations, FIR and Scottish Rugby are continuing discussions in regard to the rescheduling of the fixture. Scottish Rugby have put plans in place for all staff and players to travel back to Scotland today.”

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